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Herringbone
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22/07/2022 10:14 am  

Hey everybody. I feel like the political and financial situation is eating away at my nerves more than Covid did. Something I hardly thought I would say. Covid has at least given you some peace of mind and the opportunity to introspect and pursue projects you wouldn't have otherwise got around to. I'm not sure I can say anything similarly positive about rising energy prices, the threat of social unrest, the ever-increasing tendency towards political extremes and the pointless and possibly also endless Ukraine war with all its consequences for the global economy and the food situation in poorer countries. It feels like dark times are ahead of us. Does that sound too apocalyptic? Is it just me who thinks that? Am I just reading too much news?

"People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it." (Arne Jacobsen)


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tktoo2
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22/07/2022 4:03 pm  

@herringbone, You are certainly not alone in worrying.

Years ago, I was offered what I consider good advice when suffering from a minor crisis of conscience regarding nuisance animals wreaking havoc in our yard: "Tend to your garden. Count your blessings. Share the bounty." A bit religious for my taste, maybe, but the message is sound, I think.

Really, I was becoming obsessed with the notion of murdering the little bastards. We've since made peace by installing better fencing and planting extra for the wildlife.

I've found it helpful trying to shift perspectives, a trick I learned in art school when finding myself stuck resolving a composition. Looking at anything too long through the same lens leads to tunnel vision.

Now, if you really want to feel better, let me tell you about my 😩 😩 problems!


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 lexi
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22/07/2022 4:25 pm  

@tktoo2. You have a knack for putting things so succinctly. Well said. I was going to reply but I tend to get a little long winded. It is an Irish trait... 😶 

Knowledge shared is Knowledge gained


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tktoo2
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22/07/2022 5:11 pm  

@lexi, You are far too kind!

But, at this stage, I'll take any compliments I can get.

P.S. There's nothing wrong with being Irish that a good couple of pints won't make worse!

(It's early here yet, so I reserve the right to change my perspective on that later this evening.)


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